Fried-chicken fans rejoice, Perla's and Max's come to Austin, and more

If you're part of the legion of fried-chicken fans trolling the Web in search of the dish you loved at the much-lamented Tony's Southern Comfort Restaurant, have I got news for you! After closing his East Sixth establishment in 2008 due to family health problems and rising rents, restaurateur Tony Herring has reactivated his long relationship with Bick Brown, founder of local favorite Hyde Park Bar & Grill ( Herring's fried chicken is now available at the South Hyde Park Bar & Grill (4521 West Gate Blvd., 899-2700) Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 10pm. Enjoy chicken and blues music on the cool, covered patio on Blues Tuesdays... And while we're on the subject of fried chicken, Chronicle contributing Food writer Rachel Feit was raving about the "greasy, spicy" delicacy she enjoyed at Lucky J's Chicken & Waffles (5703 Burnet Rd., 296-9914,, the new street-food trailer conveniently located between the Crest­view and Allandale neighborhoods... Pok-e-Jo's (multiple locations) owners Doug Bohne and Danny Haberman are inviting their longtime customers to help them celebrate 30 successful years in the barbecue business by sharing personal and family memories about good times enjoyed at the restaurants or at catered events over the years. Partici­pants in the Tell Us Your Story contest are encouraged to post memories and photos online at from now through June 30 and to vote for their favorite stories June 23-30. Entrants qualify for weekly prizes, plus the grand prize of free Pok-e-Jo's barbecue for an entire year... The swanky new Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar (1400 S. Congress, 291-7300, is now open in the SoCo spot that formerly housed Mars. After checking out the menu online, I think the soft-shell crab BLT could be the first thing I try... Look for the opening of Max's Wine Dive (207 San Jacinto, 904-0111, near the Convention Center within the coming week. Max's built an enthusiastic following in Houston with an unfussy combination of good wine, good service, and well-prepared comfort food. We're told it serves a marvelous fried chicken. With all the good, new fried chicken showing up around town – see above, plus Sunday brunches at both Olivia (2043 S. Lamar, 804-2700, and the Paggi House (200 Lee Barton Dr., 473-3700, – we may have to get out the big chicken costume and send contributing writer Claudia Alarcón back out on the fried-chicken trail this summer!... Aspiring pastry chefs enrolled at any Texas culinary school will want to consider entering the second annual statewide Pastry Cook-off & Scholarship sponsored by the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (327-7555) at the Texas Culinary Academy (11400 Burnet Rd., 837-2665). The winner will receive a $5,000 culinary scholarship, and the two runners-up will get $1,000 each. The competition will be held at TCA on Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, and prizes will be awarded that day. Potential contestants must submit recipes in five categories along with their applications. Three finalists will be selected for the cook-off competition. For complete details and application forms, go to

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